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A new way of dating archaeological objects has been found, using water to unlock their "internal clocks".*Prices in US$ apply to orders placed in the Americas only.Prices in GBP apply to orders placed in Great Britain only.The team from Edinburgh and Manchester universities hope the method will prove as significant as radiocarbon dating.Edinburgh University's Christopher Hall explained: "Almost every archaeological site has old bits of old pot but there's no good method to date it." Radiocarbon dating, used for bone or wood, cannot be used for ceramic material because it does not contain carbon.Archaeologists have access to various techniques for dating archaeological sites or the objects found on those sites.

There are two main categories of dating methods in archaeology: indirect or relative dating and absolute dating.

This well known method was the first technique that became available for accurate dating of old materials.

Absolute dating techniques attempt to pinpoint a discrete, known interval in time such as a day, year, century, or millennia.

Relative dating includes methods that rely on the analysis of comparative data or the context (eg, geological, regional, cultural) in which the object one wishes to date is found.

This approach helps to order events chronologically but it does not provide the absolute age of an object expressed in years.

Very few artifacts recovered from an archeological site can be absolutely dated.